Hou Hsiao-hsien and his red balloon watch over a lonely mother and son in this soaring Flight.
One of the founders of Burning Man is suing and makes a case for opening up the cultish event to more subversive fun
How the culture of Ecstasy has changed as the drug moved from raves to hip hop
Prosecutors' reluctance to charge murder suspects in S.F. leaves alleged killers on the street, flush with bravado
Two politicians put their interests before a world-class event and a world of possibilities
Why vote Kerry? Exhibit No. 1: George W. Bush has shamelessly hired the dangerous figures behind the Iran-Contra Affair into senior diplomatic posts.
The story of a doomed relationship makes up Album of the Year, the Good Life's absorbing new record
We read "Grape," the Chron's "serial saga," so you don't have to and uncover the world champion of pizza acrobatics
A brash Iranian-American wins $1.4 million at poker -- and knows his lucky streak has just started
Ish Monroe has edge, style, and PR savvy. ESPN thinks he's exactly what the white world of professional bass fishing needs.
Americana DJ/Selector/Turntablist Electronic/Electro Hard Rock/
Metal Hip Hop/Rap Jazz Latin/
International Lifestyle Music New Genre/Beyond Pop Punk Rock/Indie Rock Soul/Funk/ R&B
If music be the brandy of the damned, then we're drunk off our asses
At the Virginia City International Camel Races, the camels may go fast or slow, but the riders are always appreciative
What to do, all summer long
Philo Northrup and his wacky automotive tribe take a road trip to places in California you can't even imagine
Ben Westhoff gets inside the odd mix of cerebral and naughty humor that's taken S.F. comedy troupe Killing My Lobster to the edge of national fame
Enduring the heart-rending dissolution ceremony of writers M.I. Blue and Katy Bell
The 13th annual International Window Cleaners Association Convention is transparently entertaining
Who would endure anonymity, uncertainty, and unhappy lovers to make a scant living? Freelance musicians, that's who.
Cleaning Out the Swamp
The Life and Death of a Lion
One of California's best Cajun chefs goes on the lam after a Bay Area con game is busted
Imperial Teen has shrugged off its Bay Area rock past, a potentially disastrous tour with Marilyn Manson, and mastered the art of the pat answer
So many San Franciscans live in cars, vans, campers, and buses that the city wants to create a "vehicular community" where they could legally park. But if we build it, will the "houseless" come?
Chicken John takes chaos, dysfunction, and the Stupidest Show on Earth from San Francisco to Boise
The diner manager told the cook not to prepare the poached eggs a pretty woman had ordered. The next day, the cook shot the manager to death. They had worked together amicably for 20 years. The unanswerable why of it all will haunt family and friends fore
Antoinetta Stadlman, a 200-pound transsexual on public assistance, dreams of controlling the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Sixth Street. A misguided state law may just let her do it.
Despite the deaths of Aaron Williams and Mark Garcia, the SFPD continues to use pepper spray on suspects who stand a good chance of dying in custody.
Imperial Teen releases Seasick, its major label debut
Up Close and Personal sinks lower than the intellectual wasteland of the TV news it depicts
A spark-by-spark description of this year's Burning Man